Please see the categories for 2018 listed below. Under each section you will find a link to the full criteria for entering. Please make sure you read this before starting your entry - we recommend printing it out for future reference.
PERSONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Presented to IT professionals for demonstrating excellence in their field.
Business Analyst of the Year
Awarded to an individual responsible for the definition of requirements and solutions for improving business processes and systems, reducing their costs, enhancing their sustainability, and quantifying potential business benefits. They may also conduct methodical investigation, analysis, review and documentation of business functions and processes.
CIO of the Year
Awarded to a CIO, IT Director or other board-level IT executive. The winner will be an individual who has consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and quality in the use and promotion of IT in their organisation to deliver business growth or delivery of public services. The size of the organisation is immaterial.
IT Apprentice of the Year
Awarded to an individual who is participating in an IT apprenticeship programme that involves part-time formal study to gain IT qualifications, together with paid work experience to enhance skill and understanding. The apprenticeship must be on-going in March 2018.
IT Manager of the Year
Awarded to an individual responsible for any aspect of IT delivery but especially roles in areas such as Business Analysis, Security & Governance, project/programme management or Consultancy. They will have delivered tangible benefit to their organisation, meeting key objectives for budget, timescales and service.
IT Service & Support Professional of the Year
Awarded to an individual providing IT service, support or training to users of IT systems, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment, meeting key objectives for quality, customer satisfaction and delivery of agreed service levels. This category covers areas such as training, help desk, information content development or project support. The award is open to all staff - not just senior management - to ensure the full range of IT skills is recognised.
Young IT Professional of the Year
Awarded to an IT professional under the age of 30, or who turns 30 in 2018, in any discipline, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement in their work, and through their quality and professionalism stands out in their organisation as a high performer in the application and management of IT. Credit will be given for high achievement early in the career, but those in an apprentice programme should enter the "IT Apprentice" category.
ORGANISATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Presented for the delivery of IT excellence and customer satisfaction.
Best Place to Work in IT 2018
Awarded to the organisation that provides the best employment and career opportunities for IT professionals. The winner will be an organisation that its IT employees view as a great place to work; that values the role of IT and the professionalism of the staff that provide and support it, offering career and skills development, reward and recognition for personal achievement and industry-leading employment benefits.
IT Project Team of the Year
Awarded to an outstanding project team that has implemented an end-user project that has been exceptionally well-managed. The winning team will demonstrate against the four criteria how well the project has been run and what lessons have been learnt, how customer expectations have been surpassed, innovation introduced by the project and measurable outcomes for the project.
IT Team of the Year
Awarded to the company or public body that demonstrates how the development or implementation of its IT strategy has helped to meet objectives, achieve greater competitiveness or improve public services during the past 12 months. The winning organisation will show how IT is fundamental to achieving business goals.
Services Company of the Year
Awarded to recognise excellence in the provision of IT systems, the winner will be a supplier of hardware, software and/or IT services that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months, and can demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and business benefits from the users of its products and services.
Small Supplier of the Year (**NEW**)
Awarded to recognise excellence in the provision of IT systems by a small supplier (the organisation must make less than £50 million in revenue each year). The winner will be a supplier of hardware, software and/or IT services that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months, and can demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and business benefits from the users of its products and services.
VAR of the Year (**NEW**)
Awarded to recognise excellence in the provision of IT systems by a VAR, the winner will be a supplier of hardware, software and/or IT services that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months, and can demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and business benefits from the users of its products and services.
This category is open to all VARs/MSPs/Integrators that feel they have done a particularly outstanding job over the past 12 months. Any IT supplier, regardless of size, specialisation or focus is eligible to enter this award. You need to demonstrate a strong focus on innovation and customer satisfaction and showcase what achievements from the last twelve months have made your business stand out from the competition.
Entries are actively encouraged to include hard facts and figures - all of which will be kept strictly confidential and used for judging purposes only.
Development Team of the Year (**NEW**)
Awarded to the team or department that best demonstrates how its work has helped achieve or exceed objectives and contribute to the overall competitiveness and/or success of the organisation during the previous 12 months. The winning entry will show how important the development team is to the business, and what steps it took to accomplish its goals.
TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Presented for innovative new hardware or software products, or generally-available IT services, which make the biggest contribution to business technology or to IT in general.
Business IT Innovation of the Year
Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for business users or customers in areas such as, e-commerce, hosting, web performance, communications, or web-based services.
Cloud Innovation Provider of the Year
Awarded to a product or service that has delivered measurable benefit to end users in either a single, large organisation or for a variety of organisations through any mix of private or public cloud offerings.
Security Innovation of the Year
Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as IT security, data protection, information management, risk management, business continuity, or disaster recovery.
Infrastructure Innovation of the Year
Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as data centres, networking, systems management, server hardware and software, storage, application development, IT support or other business infrastructure applications.
Mobile App of the Year
Awarded to mobile apps that run on mobile phones, tablets or W8 or other touchscreen devices or other devices with built-in 3G or 4G capability. These apps should show an innovative use of the technology on the device, and possibly of on-line services.
UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
Awarded to a new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers, can demonstrate the potential to be an important product for customers worldwide, and has been developed by a small team in the UK. The aim of this award is specifically to recognize innovation and achievement in IT product or service development in the UK. This can be either by a startup organization, or a small autonomous team within a larger organization.
Blockchain Innovation of the Year (**NEW**)
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding use of blockchain or other peer-to-peer technologies. This could be to authenticate, secure or distribute transactions, automate agreements or contracts, secure access to services, or other innovative uses. The winning entry will demonstrate the business value gained, and why the chosen technology was selected over other options.
PROJECT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Presented to organisations and to project teams who have achieved exceptional results through their outstanding project implementation and their high levels of professionalism in IT.
Best IoT Project of the Year
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding project applying 'Internet of Things' technologies and/or usage where the key component to the project solution is a device or ‘thing'. Note that the determination will be made on the project's ability to develop or deploy, and not for the technology per se.
Best 'Not for Profit' Sector IT Project
Awarded to a 'not for profit' sector organisation for the most outstanding project. For clarity, the award is open to charities, NGO's and government departments, but is subject always to the accepted criteria on surplus distribution. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination.
Best Use of Cloud Services
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project implementing services or applications based on IaaS, PaaS or SaaS where the data, processing and interfaces are driven from a cloud platform for consumption by smart devices.
Enterprise Data / Analytics Project of the Year (**NEW**)
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project related to the management and use of data and in particular to the associated analytical capabilities to deliver real value in terms of organisational performance.
Cybersecurity Project of the Year
Awarded to the security team that has delivered the highest level of excellence in a cybersecurity project for their organization or clients. Nominees will be measured against how they can demonstrate this excellence against the four criteria, and the real world improvement and transformation it made to the organization it was delivered to.
Digital Project of the Year
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding digital media user experience project (including those which leverage the use of social media) to remodel market reach, client relations and brand recognition as well as projects where the rationale is the distribution or management of content itself. The determination will be made based on the user experience achievements and not for the technology per se.
Workplace Transformation Project of the Year
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project implementing or using enterprise mobility and collaborative technologies (including those which embrace partners and clients) to transform the workplace with device and location independent services.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML) Project of the Year (**NEW**)
Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project utilising Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning. This could be a chatbot, a marketing automation tool, an image analysis assistant, or any other related project. The winning entry will demonstrate the business value of the project, and why AI / ML was necessary over other options.
VENDOR OF THE YEAR
Open to all vendors, this standalone award will go to the vendor who can demonstrate outstanding performance in terms of market penetration, revenue growth, customer feedback and the launch of innovative new products. Crucially, the vendor must clearly demonstrate a commitment to workplace diversity as well as IT excellence. They will have set up schemes to encourage and promote equality amongst staff, with opportunities provided to the most talented individuals regardless of their personal attributes or beliefs. The organisation will be able to demonstrate a solid record of both innovation (whether that's in their products, working practises or processes) and investment in the UK IT industry. Evidence of youth training and recruitment programmes, and charitable works will also be considered.